2018 Pilot, CR-V, and Odyssey all Win in KBB’s 2018 12 Best Family Cars

December 15th, 2017 by

Honda had another strong showing in Kelley Blue Book’s 12 Best Family Cars of 2018 awards*. Kelley Blue Book recognized the 2018 Honda CR-V, Pilot, and Odyssey as winners.

2018 Honda CR-V

2018 CR-V


Among 2-row, 5-passenger compact SUVs, you can’t go wrong with the 2018 Honda CR-V. The latest CR-V, that was redesigned just last year, “has established itself as one of the safest compact crossovers you can buy thanks to a robust safety/driver assist system.”

On models with Honda Sensing, this suite bundles forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow. Also included is blind-spot monitoring, which can warn you of a car that you may not see.

Combined, these systems have potential to prevent an accident and save your sanity. And with a 5-Star Safety Rating from the National Traffic Safety Administration, you’ll have peace of mind behind the wheel.

Spacious and Efficient

The 2018 Honda CR-V provides the room you need for your family and stuff in a 2-row, 5-passenger crossover SUV. As KBB notes, “the CR-V continues that theme with roomy front and rear seats, and class-leading cargo space.” With 40 cubic feet of storage capacity behind the rear seat, and nearly 76 cubic feet with seats folded.

It’s also as efficient as it is versatile, which will save you gas and money. The small but zippy turbo engine returns up to 33 mpg* in AWD models, while the 2.4-liter earns up to 31 mpg*. It’s also fun to drive, with the 184 horsepower for the 2.4-liter engine and 190 for the 1.5-liter turbo.

2018 Honda Pilot

2018 Pilot

With a uniquely comprehensive combination of value, interior space, refinement, features and even fuel economy. The 2018 Honda Pilot is a class leader, which is evidenced by winning for the 3rd straight year the 2018 KBB Best Buy award in the Mid-Size SUV category*.


Unlike its competitors, the Pilot offers “generous room behind its third row for cargo.” Make even more space by folding down the seats. The third row can actually accommodate three people, with good leg and headroom for adults.

Premium materials and amenities

Honda went to great lengths to ensure that the driver and passengers get an experience that feels premium.

As KBB mentions, “out on the road, the Pilot offers the kind of quiet refinement and comfortable ride we normally associate with luxury brands.” With 270-horsepower, the 3.5-liter engine  delivers plenty of horsepower in either the 6-speed or 9-speed automatic transmission.


In the safety category, the Pilot once again aces its competition. As a 5-star federal crash test vehicle, and the 2018 Top Safety Pick + from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the 2018 Pilot offers a suite of active and passive safety features with available Honda Sensing.

2018 Honda Odyssey

2018 Odyssey

The 2018 Honda Odyssey is one this year’s very best family vehicles award by KBB as the Minivan Best Buy of 2018*. Well, KBB has been saying that since 2008 when the Best Family Cars annual list began. For 2018, the Odyssey was completely redesigned and it’s the best one yet.


As a minivan, utility is the name of the game in world of minivans. Minivans offer plenty of room for friends, family, and all of their stuff. But the Odyssey does it better, with tons of details and features.

For example, the Odyssey’s Magic Slide second row seats don’t just move forward and back, but also side to side. Other great features include built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi, an in-cabin camera, and wireless phone charging.


The new Odyssey is a blast to drive, as KBB states:

“The 2018 Honda Odyssey is smooth off the line and glides through gears. On city streets and in parking lots it changes directions with ease and willingness of a smaller vehicle, and stops in the same manner. On the highway it is quiet, comfortable and confidently controlled. It’s the best-driving minivan we’ve ever driven.”

As you can see, these Honda vehicles are great options for families looking for safe and reliable vehicles. At Manchester Honda, we are here to answer your questions. Give us a call at 860-645-3100.

*26 city/32 highway/28 combined mpg rating for 2WD LX with CVT model. 25 city/31 highway/27 combined mpg rating for AWD LX with CVT model. 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD EX, EX-L and Touring with CVT models. 27 city/33 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD EX, EX-L and Touring with CVT models. Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
*For more information, visit Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com. Kelley Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc.

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